Rationalizing Epidemics by David S. Jones
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Rationalizing Epidemics
By David S. Jones

Rationalizing Epidemics

Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality Since 1600

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Rationalizing Epidemics by David S. Jones

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Ever since their arrival in North America, European colonists and their descendants have struggled to explain the epidemics that decimated native populations. Century after century, they tried to understand the causes of epidemics, the vulnerability of American Indians, and the persistence of health disparities. They confronted their own responsibility for the epidemics, accepted the obligation to intervene, and imposed social and medical reforms to improve conditions. In Rationalizing Epidemics, David Jones examines crucial episodes in this history: Puritan responses to Indian depopulation in the seventeenth century; attempts to spread or prevent smallpox on the Western frontier in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; tuberculosis campaigns on the Sioux reservations from 1870 until 1910; and programs to test new antibiotics and implement modern medicine on the Navajo reservation in the 1950s. These encounters were always complex. Colonists, traders, physicians, and bureaucrats often saw epidemics as markers of social injustice and worked to improve Indians' health.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674013056
ISBN-10: 0674013050
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 24mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David S. Jones

David Jones is a resident in psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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